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The Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman

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For the second-guessers, the chronically hesitant, or anyone who suffers from decision fatigue, best-selling author and host Emily P. Freeman helps create a little space for your soul to breathe so you can discern your next right thing in love. Because out of the thousands of decisions you make everyday, chances are a few of them threaten to keep you up at night. If you're in a season of transition, waiting, general fogginess or if you've ever searched "how to make a decision" on the internet, listen in.

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For the second-guessers, the chronically hesitant, or anyone who suffers from decision fatigue, best-selling author and host Emily P. Freeman helps create a little space for your soul to breathe so you can discern your next right thing in love. Because out of the thousands of decisions you make everyday, chances are a few of them threaten to keep you up at night. If you're in a season of transition, waiting, general fogginess or if you've ever searched "how to make a decision" on the internet, listen in.

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3573 Ratings
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Refreshing

By MammaMia73 - May 12 2020
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Kind and calm. This podcast is grounding and edifying. Very well done.

Psalm 23

By txpennny - Apr 28 2020
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This podcast was so meaningful and Emily’s voice is so soothing.

iTunes Ratings

3573 Ratings
Average Ratings
3352
105
48
27
41

Refreshing

By MammaMia73 - May 12 2020
Read more
Kind and calm. This podcast is grounding and edifying. Very well done.

Psalm 23

By txpennny - Apr 28 2020
Read more
This podcast was so meaningful and Emily’s voice is so soothing.
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The Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman

Latest release on May 26, 2020

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For the second-guessers, the chronically hesitant, or anyone who suffers from decision fatigue, best-selling author and host Emily P. Freeman helps create a little space for your soul to breathe so you can discern your next right thing in love. Because out of the thousands of decisions you make everyday, chances are a few of them threaten to keep you up at night. If you're in a season of transition, waiting, general fogginess or if you've ever searched "how to make a decision" on the internet, listen in.

Rank #1: 02: Do This Before Every Hard Decision

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Is there a decision you know you need to make but you keep putting it off? There could be many reasons why this particular decision is giving you trouble, but I want to offer one question you can ask that could help you move forward.

Access show notes + a full transcript at thenextrightthingpodcast.com and find me on Twitter + Instagram @emilypfreeman

Aug 15 2017

12mins

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Rank #2: 03: Make the Most Important List

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There's at least one major flaw with the typical pro/con list. In today's episode, I'll share how you can make a different kind of list that will help inform all future decisions.

Visit thenextrightthingpodcast.com for show notes + a full transcript. You can find me @emilypfreeman on Instagram + Twitter.

Aug 22 2017

18mins

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Rank #3: 65: Take Off Your Crown

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One question can make the difference between living with all consuming daily stress and a lighthearted sense of hope. 

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Jan 08 2019

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Rank #4: 108: Walk at Your Own Pace

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Because I talk a lot about reflection and intention regularly throughout the year, when December/January come around and everyone else talks about it too, I find myself leaning forward to hear what they have to say.

So here on the last day of the month, the last day of the year and the final day of the decade, I’m asking myself as I share these words with you: do I have anything to add? I've decided that I do.  It’s a simple observation that I hope will encourage you to walk at your own pace in freedom.

If you want a little no-shame companionship as you stand between the year you’ve just lived and the one you’re entering into, listen in.

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Dec 31 2019

11mins

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Rank #5: 76: Create A Simple Morning Routine

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Where is your fixed point in the midst of life transitions? I want to suggest that fixed point can be found in the morning and it's simpler than you might think.

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Mar 26 2019

15mins

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Rank #6: 35: Be Kind (with Candace Cameron Bure)

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When you're on a roll in Hollywood, you don't leave the industry. But that's exactly what actress, producer, and author Candace Cameron Bure decided to do.

In the midst of the fear and second-guessing, one character trait remained certain throughout her life and career transitions - kindness.

Listen in as she shares her story, because when you're in the midst of making a big decision, it helps to hear the decision-making process other people go through. 

 

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May 01 2018

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Rank #7: 48: Receive the Waiting Time

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As we continue to make our way through an ever changing set of circumstances, the seasons will keep rolling on, bringing with them both dreaded and hoped-for hellos and goodbyes.

You may be holding on to a hopeful vision for your future, but perhaps you're questioning what that means for today. What do we do while we wait for seeds to grow? Listen in.

Jul 31 2018

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Rank #8: 68: If You're Afraid of Making the Wrong Decision

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If your fear of making a wrong choice is keeping you from making any choice at all, this episode offers 3 simple things to remember.

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Jan 29 2019

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Rank #9: 04: Record What You Learn

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Indecision is often a direct result of overwhelm. Even the most grounded and professional among us can suffer from decision fatigue given the right circumstances.

In today’s episode, we’ll take a look at what happens in otherwise sane people when we are hit with unexpected overwhelm and I'll share a few tips to ease the burden of hustle when it comes. And it always comes.

Visit thenextrightthingpodcast.com for resources, a transcript and a free gift. Find me on Instagram @emilypfreeman

Aug 29 2017

15mins

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Rank #10: 121: How to Discern and Decide

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How can we trust ourselves to make wise decisions during an uncertain time? I have a couple of tools I hope will help. Listen in.

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Mar 31 2020

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Rank #11: 120: What to do When The World Shuts Down

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Doing the next right thing has been a life-line for me in parenting, schooling, work, relationships and all manner of decision-making. But these last few weeks navigating the rapidly changing situation in our world as we fight to slow the spread of Covid-19, doing the next right thing has taken on an entirely new level of meaning.

As we move forward together I want to walk along with you as you navigate your next right thing - for yourself, in your families, with your friends, and as you carry so many question marks as it seems the world has shut down.

Listen in.

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Mar 24 2020

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Rank #12: 122: Speak A Good Word

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Sometimes the words we speak when we're afraid sound like fear. Other times, they sound like control, irritation, confusion, manipulation, ambivalence, shame, discipline, guilt or research. Fearful words come out naturally in all kinds of ways.

The fearful words find us. But good words are found by us. Let's find some good words together. Listen in.

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Apr 07 2020

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Rank #13: 34: Pick What You Like

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The decisions that add to our fatigue aren't always big and significant ones. Sometimes things in life that are meant to be fun and delightful - choosing a paint color, wrapping a present, picking out plants - turn out instead to be one more decision we feel incapable of making.

What is the next right thing in situations that overwhelm us but shouldn't? How can we move forward as a beginner in areas where we may not feel a lot of confidence but wish we did?

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Apr 24 2018

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Rank #14: 53: Allow the Present to Be Imperfect

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The rest from decision fatigue doesn’t descend upon me when my work is finally finished. Instead, it comes slowly as I'm willing to allow the present to be imperfect.

 

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Oct 02 2018

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Rank #15: 101: Read Your Own Headlines

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In the midst of what might be a busy schedule, a life transition, a big decision, or the constant demands of everyday life, it can be easy to lose the thread of the story our lives are telling. That may not seem like it matters . . . until it does. And that’s what today’s episode is all about. Listen in.

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Nov 05 2019

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Rank #16: 102: Say Short Prayers

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If your concerns, decisions and complicated problems feel like they need an extra complicated solution, I hope you’ll listen in and find some relief.

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Nov 12 2019

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Rank #17: 109: Wait Until The Morning

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Back in Episode 70 we talked about The Best Time to Make A Decision. Spoiler Alert: Being a good decision-maker has less to do with having a certain kind of magically decisive personality and more to do with timing.

In today’s episode, I’ll share one simple practice that has helped me this very week to make better decisions for my own life. Listen in.

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Jan 07 2020

9mins

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Rank #18: 24: Look for Arrows (Not Answers)

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When I have a question, the first thing I want is an answer. Sometimes answers are fairly easy to come by – How do you make pizza? What should I wear today? Who can drive to piano practice?

But so often, the questions we have in life that give us trouble are the ones that aren’t so linear. In my experience, these usually have to do with things like faith, vocation, and relationships.

Today I'm sharing about a time in our life when my husband John and I desperately wanted answers but what we got instead was a series of arrows. This is a story of where they led.

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Feb 13 2018

15mins

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Rank #19: 81: Listen to This Before Graduation

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If you are a graduate, have a graduate, or love a graduate, this episode is for you. It's help for that question people keep asking: So what will you do after graduation? Here are 3 things to remember as you respond and plan your next right thing.

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Apr 30 2019

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Rank #20: 75: Tell Yourself the Truth

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On Tuesday March 12, 2019, fifty people in six different states were accused by the Department of Justice of playing a part in a major college admission scandal.  

Our belief informs our action. What we believe will always direct our next steps. So what happens when we believe something that isn’t true?

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Mar 19 2019

15mins

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129: Where Are You At Home in The World?

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Months of stay-at-home orders or even safer-at-home campaigns can drive even the most homebody among us to find ways to at least want to get outside or find a change of scenery.

But since travel might not be in the cards for us anytime soon, what might be a next-right-thing posture we could practice today? Inspired by Tsh Oxenreider's book At Home in the World, lately I’ve been thinking a lot about books and about home so today you’ll get some reflection on both.

Perhaps you, like me, could use a bit of reframing as it relates to this place called home. Listen in. 

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May 26 2020

11mins

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128: Use Your Reimagination

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At the beginning of the year, you may have imagined what 2020 would bring. I feel sure no one imagined what we would end up getting. Today I want to invite you to join me in an exercise of reimagination. And here’s a hint: you’re already really good at it. Listen in.

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May 19 2020

11mins

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127: Don't Try To Be Great

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In his book based on a commencement speech he gave at Dartmouth College in 2011, Charles Wheelan tells a story about advice he never forgot and wants to pass on to graduates: Don't try to be great. Let's put the pandemic aside, discover the freedom in that counter-intuitive advice, and give three cheers to the students, teachers, and families of the graduating class of 2020. Listen in.

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May 12 2020

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126: Being Consistent Is Not The Goal

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These days, we all are making decisions with less awareness of what’s going to happen next, with less dependence on a predictable life rhythm, and with less solid information. It’s no wonder our daily decisions feel so hard.

Should we clean or rest? Watch the news or avoid it? Be strict with the kids or lighten up? Should we use this time to be productive or take a break? Work hard or calm down? See friends from a safe social distance or not at all? Celebrate now or wait for when we can all gather?

What is our next right thing and how can we know? That’s today’s episode. Listen in.

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May 05 2020

12mins

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125: Read Psalm 23

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The six verses in Psalm 23 do more than comfort us in death. They guide us in life. And if we’re paying attention, these six lines can teach us how to walk into every room every day of our lives.

Psalm 23 is a next right thing kind of psalm and I will never get over it. Listen in.

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Apr 28 2020

9mins

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124: Reimagine Your Work Day

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Today I’m revisiting a topic we’ve talked about here before but with a bit of a new spin in light of the world having changed and everything. I hope this will be especially helpful if you worked from home before the pandemic and now you have to find new ways to do that thing you’ve always done —  listen in.

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Apr 21 2020

16mins

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123: Practice Your Life

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From Halley's comet in 1986 to the Total Solar Eclipse in 2017, I've been fascinated with sky things my whole life. Earlier this month it was the full April moon that reminded me of the truth I hold most dear: that in every transition, in every grief, in every goodbye, disappointment, offense, breakup, misunderstanding, and ending, there is mysterious potential. Listen in.

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Apr 14 2020

11mins

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122: Speak A Good Word

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Sometimes the words we speak when we're afraid sound like fear. Other times, they sound like control, irritation, confusion, manipulation, ambivalence, shame, discipline, guilt or research. Fearful words come out naturally in all kinds of ways.

The fearful words find us. But good words are found by us. Let's find some good words together. Listen in.

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Apr 07 2020

10mins

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121: How to Discern and Decide

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How can we trust ourselves to make wise decisions during an uncertain time? I have a couple of tools I hope will help. Listen in.

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Mar 31 2020

15mins

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120: What to do When The World Shuts Down

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Doing the next right thing has been a life-line for me in parenting, schooling, work, relationships and all manner of decision-making. But these last few weeks navigating the rapidly changing situation in our world as we fight to slow the spread of Covid-19, doing the next right thing has taken on an entirely new level of meaning.

As we move forward together I want to walk along with you as you navigate your next right thing - for yourself, in your families, with your friends, and as you carry so many question marks as it seems the world has shut down.

Listen in.

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Mar 24 2020

12mins

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119: How to Help Children Make Decisions

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Today’s episode is for parents, caregivers, or anyone with children in your life who may need help with their next right thing.

Though this episode was recorded just a few days ago, a lot has changed in the world since then as our global community continues to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. I only address the pandemic for a moment at the top of the episode and then continue with the regularly scheduled conversation about helping children navigate their own decision-making posture.

Perhaps more than ever before this is a good time to talk with kids about keeping our minds on just the next right thing in front of us. Listen in.

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Mar 17 2020

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118: Start Small

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Today’s episode is for anyone who has let something go and is now considering what it might look like to re-invite that thing back into your life in a new way. If you’ve been thinking about returning to something you left behind but aren’t sure where to start, listen in.

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Mar 10 2020

9mins

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117: Don't Look At The Wall

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Weighing our options is important. But overthinking options and possibilities can keep us from actually making a decision. It's possible to be so distracted looking at the wall that we spend all our time there and we forget where we’re going and why we’re on the road in the first place. Here's a 10 minute reminder to keep your eyes on the road. 

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Mar 03 2020

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116: See Through the Fog

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In our last episode, I talked about the HALT method and how using that can help when we have big decisions to make. In summary, try to avoid making big decisions when you’re hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. Instead, do the next right thing - eat, breathe, find a friend, or go to bed

Today I've come up with another acronym to help us consider other states of being that could skew our ability to think clearly about decisions: FOGI (pronounced foggy - Are you annoyed with me yet? Hang in there!)

Listen in.

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Feb 25 2020

12mins

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115: Before You Decide, HALT

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If you’re listening to this episode and you’re well-rested, well-fed, clear-headed, at peace, happy, even-tempered, and feeling basically great about life then this episode might not be for you today.

For the rest of us? The halt method could save us from making decisions more complicated than they need to be simply by asking these four simple questions. Listen in.

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Feb 18 2020

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114: Welcome Your Loneliness

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In my letter to my readers last week I mentioned some loneliness I’ve been experiencing lately and a reader wrote back and asked me to share more about that.

My first response in my head was a sharp no way but then my second thought was maybe. And the ellipses that follow that maybe? Is today’s episode.

When we’re feeling lonely, what’s our next right thing? I can’t say I really have answers to that question, but I do have words and I do have stories and sometimes when you’re feeling lonely, words and stories land better than answers anyway.

Listen in.

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Feb 11 2020

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113: Decide to Decide

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As I pay attention to my own life and the life of people around me, I’ve come to the conclusion that we can trace a lot of our anxiety, stress, and feelings of overwhelm back to a single or a series of unmade decisions. It’s not always because we are putting those decisions off. Sometimes It’s because we don’t even realize we’re carrying them.

Today’s episode is a simple practice in uncovering decisions that need to be made and doing the next right thing to make them. Listen in.

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Feb 04 2020

9mins

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112: Two Words to Avoid

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A lot of what we talk about here isn’t necessarily about the specific decision you’re holding like which job to say yes to or whether or not you ought to marry that person. Instead, we talk a lot about mindset, posture, and cultivating a listening way of life so that when tough decisions come our way, we’re better equipped to move through them.

Today I’ll share two words we can eliminate from our vocabulary, especially when we’re talking about our roles, our work, or the roles and work of others. Listen in.

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Jan 28 2020

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111: Never Believe Anything Bad About God

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We all want to make our choices with wisdom, courage, and discernment. Today we come back home to one of the most foundational truths I hold on to when making decisions. On the surface it may not sound like it has to do with decision making at all. But these six words from Dallas Willard have changed the way I make decisions.

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Jan 21 2020

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110: Build for the Years You Can’t See

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Since adults make over 35,000 decisions every single day, it’s no wonder that this idea of doing the next right thing feels like such a relief. But there are also times when doing the next right thing doesn’t seem like enough.

Maybe you’ve been practicing this simple discipline for a while now and still, it’s not leading to where you thought it would lead or bringing results you hoped to see by now.

If you can relate, listen in.

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Jan 14 2020

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iTunes Ratings

3573 Ratings
Average Ratings
3352
105
48
27
41

Refreshing

By MammaMia73 - May 12 2020
Read more
Kind and calm. This podcast is grounding and edifying. Very well done.

Psalm 23

By txpennny - Apr 28 2020
Read more
This podcast was so meaningful and Emily’s voice is so soothing.